NYT reporter suggests Kamala not out of the running, claims many Dems doubt Biden will run again

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New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin appeared on “The View” Monday and stated that he’s highly skeptical President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024 while promoting his new book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” with his co-author Alexander Burns.

Rumors keep swirling that Biden will not run for the presidency next time around despite repeated assurances that he will seek a second term.

Martin is clearly uncertain that Biden will be the Democratic nominee, stating that “it’s not clear” whether he will pursue another four-year term.

“You write about the relationship between the president and the vice president [Kamala Harris], and you speak to some of the tension that exists there, and the vice president has felt disrespected at times,” stated co-host Sara Haines, “So can you talk about that, and how that all could play out in the backdrop of 2024?”

“Yeah. This is all shaping 2024 because unlike modern and other cases in modern American history, it’s not clear Biden’s running for re-election in 2024,” said Martin.

“We have not had a first-term president in recent years where it was uncertain whether they’re going to be a candidate in the next reelection and that is the case with Biden. And so that makes this all the more interesting,” the author proclaimed.

Guest co-host Ana Navarro pointed to jokes that Biden was making at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner which seemed to allude to a 2024 presidential bid. Her argument did not convince Martin.

“He wants to run. He’s told people that we talked to for our book that he plans to run in ’24 for reelection unless there’s a health issue intervening,” Martin responded to Navarro. “A lot of Democrats don’t believe that. They’re convinced he’s not gonna run.”

“Based on what?” co-host Joy Behar asked him.

“Based on the fact that he’ll be 82 years old in 2024 and that they’re just skeptical that he’s gonna serve a full second term or if he wants to serve a full second term, which raises the question of, ‘Well, if not Biden, who?’ And that’s what shapes the Kamala Harris news here,” Martin posited.

“She’d only been in the Senate for a few years and doesn’t have the relationships in Washington that Biden has, and so she was not able to kind of fill the role that Biden did when he was VP on Capitol Hill. And she didn’t have foreign policy experience either. So I think her challenge has been sort of finding her niche, and it’s created tensions with the West Wing,” he noted.

“We have a scene in the book in which she’s feeling disrespected because she sees staffers in the West Wing when she walks into the room who are not standing for her, and they always stand for President Biden when he walks into the room. And she had her chief of staff telephone somebody in the West Wing and say, ‘She’s noticed this. Please tell the staff when the VP walks into the room they are to stand,'” Martin added.

Burns then gave his two cents on the tensions between Biden and Harris.

“The Biden inner circle is overwhelmingly white, it is largely male, and they have largely been with Biden for a very, very long time,” he explained. “And so anybody who has been new to the Biden operation, they will tell you right away it is a tough nut to crack. It is tough to get close to this president and that’s been the case for the vice president too.”


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